Under the CASF (Computer Adhyapak Sanjha Front) banner, as many as 7,000 computer teachers from across the state staged a protest demanding regularisation, in front of the Ludhiana DC office on Sunday.
Computer teachers and ICT non-teaching staff from all over Punjab participated in the protest over the issue of non-regularisation despite putting it several years of service.
Addressing the gathering at the protest venue, state president of the association Baljinder Singh Fatehpur said, "Computer teachers, who have been working in the state government schools since April 2005 have not been regularised by the the education department instead they are regularised under the Punjab Information and Communication Technology Education Society (PICTES)."
Senior vice-president of the association Parminder Singh Sivia, "In notification of regularistion of teachers, it is clearly mentioned that the Punjab civil services rules are to be implemented, but the Punjab government has failed to do the same since four years. Salary of teachers is delayed three to four months every time. A state-level protest was held at Kharar in September last year. Thousands of computer teachers attended the rally, but the state government did not accept their demands."
CASF, Punjab, general secretary Raviinder Singh Mander said full budget of their salary is given by the state government, but in the form of grant-in-aid. This is the reason that computer teachers do not get their salary on time. Their only genuine demand is to shift computer teachers from the PICTES society to the education department.
Services of 700 computer teachers, who are working on contractual basis and have completed 2-and-a-half years of service according to a clause of the notification and ICT non-teaching staff should also be regularised.
"If the government fails to shift them to the education department in the coming days, the CASF will stage more protests all over the state," said the protesting teachers.